Shrikanth Chary (Carnatic Veena) with
Poovalur Sriji (Mridangam)
K V Gopalakrishnan (Khanjira)

April 21 2013, 5:00 PM


HHH Cowles Auditorium
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Shrikanth CharyPoovalur SrijiK V Gopalakrishnan

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About the Artists

Shrikanth Chary

Accomplished Veena artiste, Srikanth Chary, began his training at the age of six in Mumbai under the Veena vidwan Devakottai Sri Narayana Iyengar. He later studied music under the auspices of Shanmukhananda Sabha from Smt. Kalyani Sarma. At the age of eight, Srikanth was presented the first prize in a music competition by the music doyen Smt. M. S. Subbulakshmi.

After moving to the United States, Srikanth had the opportunity to study music from the famed violinist Kum. A. Kanyakumari. This opportunity awakened in Srikanth a keen love for music that he has been pursuing ever since.

Since the early 1980s, Srikanth has been receiving advanced music training from the music Maestro Padmabhushan Lalgudi G. Jayaraman. Sri Jayaraman's baani (musical style) is well known for its purity of sound and rhythm, its emphasis on tonal perfection, and its sparkling creativity in manodharma sangitam (improvisational music).  Srikanth has adapted this captivating style to the Veena, and explored the subtle nuances of this divine instrument while preserving the traditional purity of Carnatic music. He has delighted audiences all over with his scintillating music.

Srikanth has given many concerts in the United States, India and Australia and has received excellent reviews. In concert at Chennai’s Narada Gana Sabha in 1989, Srikanth was felicitated by the late Sangeetha Kalanidhi Dr. M. L. Vasanthakumari, who presented him with a silk shawl.

Srikanth has accompanied eminent vocalists like Smt. Charumathi Ramachandran, Smt. Sudha Ragunathan, Papanasam Sri Ashok Ramani and the Carnatica Brothers. He has also given jugalbandhis with Hindustani musicians. In 1999, he was invited to perform a duet with Sangeetha Choodamani Lalgudi Sri G. J. R. Krishnan at the residence of His Excellency, the Governor of Andhra Pradesh. During Fall 2002, Srikanth was part of a violin-veena-venu team U.S concert tour with Lalgudi Sri G. J. R. Krishnan and Sri K. R.Subramaniam. Srikanth was awarded "The Best Veena Player Award" by the prestigious Chennai Music Academy during the 2002-2003 music festival.

Srikanth frequently performs on television and radio and is a graded artiste of the All India Radio. He has released three compact discs (Janani, 1996; Tiger and Silk, 2002; Ethereal Melodies, 2007) which have won rave reviews from music connoisseurs worldwide.

In 1989, Srikanth established a music school Nada Nidhi to pass on the rich heritage of Carnatic music. His students include not only youth being brought up in the United States who wish to absorb musical aspects of Indian culture, but also seasoned vainikas (veena artistes) who wish to refine and embellish their knowledge and techniques. Srikanth’s students have performed widely to critical acclaim. They have also won prestigious awards in national and international music competitions.


Poovalur Sriji

Poovalur Sriji (Srinivasan) a prolific composer, performer, educator studied South Indian Classical music from his father P.A. Venkataraman. For over three decades Poovalur has performed with the leading artist from both South and North Indian Classical traditions.

Since his move to the United States Poovalur has performed and recorded with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Bela Fleck, Mark O'Connor, John Bergamo, Glen Velez to name a few. Poovalur has composed several pieces portraying the South Indian idioms.

Poovalur has received several awards from leading institutions, and the album Tabula Rasa, where he has composed and performed with Bela Fleck, V. M. Bhatt and J.P. Chen was nominated for a Grammy. He is the founding member of the group 'Brahmah'.

He found and directs the 'SNEW' and the 'South Indian Cross Cultural Ensemble'. He is currently a faculty at the University of North Texas. He has taught at Calarts and the San Diego State University.


K V Gopalakrishnan

Sri K.V. Gopalakrishnan started learning kanjira under his father and Guru Sri K.V.R.S. Mani. He is currently undergoing advanced training under 'Sangeetha Kalanidhi' Dr.T.K. Murthy.

He has accompanied many leading artistes such as Sri T. N. Seshagopalan, Sri Sanjay Subramaniam, Sri N. Vijay Siva, Neyveli Sri R. Santhanagopalan, Sri O.S. Thiyagarajan, Sri T.M. Krishna, Sri P. Unnikrishnan, Malladi Brothers, Smt. Bombay Jayashri, Smt. S. Sowmya, Smt. Ranjani & Smt. Gayatri, Smt. Sudha Raghunathan, Smt. Aruna Sairam, Dr N. Ramani (Flute), Sri R. Ganesh & Sri R. Kumaresh (Violin duet), Lalgudi Sri G. J. R. Krishnan & Smt. Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi (Violin duet), Sri N. Ravikiran (Chitra Veena), Sri U. Srinivas (Mandolin), Sri Kadri Gopalnath (Saxophone) and many others.

He has received awards such as the 'Harihara Sarma Award' for the Best Kanjira artiste from Sri Krishna Gana Sabha in the Gokulashtami series for the year 2002. He was honoured by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam as the 'Asthaana Vidwan' in October 2007. He received the title 'Yuva Kala Bharathi' from Bharath Kalachar in December 2007.

Sri K.V. Gopalakrishnan is a B-high graded artiste of All India Radio, Chennai both in Kanjira and Mrdangam. He has performed in all the leading sabhas in Chennai and on several occasions in many places across India, Europe, U.S.A and Australia.

About the Venue:
The Cowles Auditorium is located across the street from the 19th Ave Ramp, in the Hubert H Humphrey Center, University of MN, West Bank campus, Minneapolis. The 21st Ave Ramp is also convenient.

Map of Hubert H. Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota, West Bank, Minneapolis

To get to the 19th Ave Parking Ramp:

  • 35W to U of MN exit (Washington Ave S). East on Washington to Cedar Ave S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
  • I94 to Cedar Ave S. North on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.
  • Washington Ave SE from U of MN east bank. Exit on Cedar Ave. S. South on Cedar Ave S to 3rd St S. East on 3rd St S 1/ 2 block.


IMSOM’s Spring 2013 Concert Series has been made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Arts Activities Support (AAS) Grant, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the Honeywell “Dollars for Doers” Grant, a matching grant from US Bank, and the generosity of its members and donors. These concerts are co-sponsored by KFAI Radio (90.3FM in Mpls/106.7FM in St. Paul).

For further information contact:
Durgesh Manjure
Ameeta Kelekar



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